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Six-year-old girl thanks staff

Press release - 21 June 2010

A six-year-old girl from Sevenoaks thanked the Maidstone ambulance clinicians who came to her rescue recently.

Ronni Chase made a special trip to Maidstone ambulance station on Sunday, 20 June, to thank paramedic, Kevin Chilvers, and technician, Simon Matthews.

Kevin and Simon were called out to Ronni after she fell from a trampoline at her home on Sunday, 23 May.

Ronni was carrying out a summersault on the trampoline when she went through the opening in the safety netting and landed head first on the ground.

Her mum, Nicky Osborne said: “It was terrifying; I was in the garden talking to my mum, who lives next door, when Ronni went flying through the netting. I went running to her but my mum shouted to me not to move her and she called for an ambulance.”

When Kevin and Simon arrived Ronni’s head was being supported by her grandmother, Wendy.

Kevin said: “They did exactly the right thing by not moving her.  Her injuries could have been considerably worse. 

“Due to the fact that she was complaining of neck pain and had a head injury, we called for the assistance of the air ambulance.”

While they waited for the air ambulance to arrived, Kevin and Simon reassure Ronni and her family.

Nicky said: “They were fantastic keeping the situation calm. Simon was singing Hannah Montana songs with Ronni until the air ambulance arrived.”

Once the air ambulance arrived, the onboard doctor was able to treat the neck and head injuries on scene. This meant that Ronni did not need to go to hospital and was referred to her GP.

The incident meant that a trip to Alton Towers, which was planned for the following day, had to be postponed.

The family finally enjoyed a trip to the amusement park on Saturday, 19 June.

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